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  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Winston-Salem
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why medicine? " Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What are some problems with healthcare today and how would you solve them?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What are your hobbies? What do you hope to do in your "free time" in medical school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the difference between medical competence and medical professionalism? I just think that this is an interesting topic." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Can ethics be taught effectively, or does ethical behavior mainly depend on background? Tough question. I should note that this was a follow up question and was discussed in a very conversational manner...the interviewer gave her opinion as well, I certainly didn't feel like I was getting grilled." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN nothing else, it's amazing how little pressure you feel when you've allready been accepted elsewhere :-)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities were very nice. The students were very interested in making sure we had a good visit and had all of our questions answered. The strength of clinical training students receive is a huge plus. Winston-Salem is a quiet little city, if you're looking for a busy city, this is not the place for you, but I really liked the size and tempo of the place. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I got the impression that there was maybe a little bit TOO much structure to the curriculum. There didn't seem to be any elective time available until Phase 4. The students seemed to feel that they had great relationships with the administration/faculty which is good, but a couple of them mentioned that they thought that the administration was TOO involved in their academic lives...treating the students more like children/less like adults." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The clinical experiences seem great, and I was impressed by the amount of hands on experience the students can get through the community preceptorship. Also liked the variety of opportunities that are available to students throughout NC. I didn't realize this until afterwards, but Wake students can do 4th year electives at UNC/Duke/ECU (and vice versa) without applying and getting approved as an external site rotation. I think this is a great opportunity and wish I had known about it so I could get more details during my interview day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really enjoyed my time at Wake Forest and am hoping to be accepted there! There are only 6 interviewees total, so there is lots of space for personal attention (only 3 people per student tour! no herds of black suits storming through the halls! amazing!) Having the medical guild member guide you through your day and the hospital was very helpful. Our guide was very nice and talkative, although having her there constantly did make you feel like you had to be "on" even when you were just with the other interviewees. The lunch was fantastic (for a hospital cafeteria) and I felt like I got a ton of information talking to the students during that time. The presentations on the admissions process/curriculum/financial aid were all very informative and to the point. It is so nice that they tell you the exact day the committee is meeting to evaluate you and how your interviewers will submit their evals. The interviewers are faculty volunteers. They interview you each for 15 minutes and then meet as a group to discuss the applicants directly after. This report will be submitted to the admissions committee who will review the entire application and make a decision). The interviews themselves were very relaxed. They have your AMCAS personal statement and your secondary essay. They asked mainly questions about experiences that I detailed in my essays and a couple of the broad ethical questions that are highlighted here on SDN. Everything was very conversational and I never felt like I was on the spot to provide the "right" answer. A fifteen minute interview is too short if you hit if off with the interviewer, but actually feels a bit long if you don't really "click". I had one of each and one that was somewhere in the middle, so overall I was happy that they were only 15 minutes. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2004

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